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Guest blog by Laura Tanner, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to making affordable homeownership a reality for generations to come. Many Habitat supporters choose to include a donation in their estate plans as a way to create long-term impact. When you make a donation to Twin Cities Habitat in your will or trust, you make the transformative power of home part of your legacy.

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U.S. Bank is pledging $500,000 over five years to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s critical home repair program, A Brush with Kindness. U.S. Bank has been the Program Sponsor for A Brush with Kindness since 2010.

U.S. Bank’s commitment translates into more families being prepared to succeed as homeowners and more families being stable in their homes long term. The company joins Twin Cities Habitat’s efforts to rally the community through its Multiplying the Impact campaign, a five-year $55 million fundraising campaign to double Habitat homeownership opportunities for Twin Cities families.

Kalia loves her job as a second-grade teacher at Hope Community Academy in St. Paul. And she deeply knows how important a stable home is for success in school, because she remembers life before and after her parents bought their Habitat home.

That home made a big difference for Kalia’s family—just like you make a big difference in the lives of local families when you support Habitat.

There are a number of things you need to do before you close on a home. Things like applying for a loan, scheduling a home inspection, and purchasing homeowner’s insurance, just to name a few. To make the process easier to understand, here is a list of nine things you’ll need to do before closing on your new home.

Congrats, you found your first house! We know you're excited to move in and make it your own, but before you start hauling boxes, there are a couple steps you have to take to make the deal official. 

With any big purchase, there’s going to be some paperwork. It's easy to skim through the pile of documents and sign away, but it's important to understand what you're agreeing to.

We all have our own stories of home. This series shares those stories from Habitat staff. We'll explore questions like: what does home mean to us? How did we find a stable home? How do our stories inform our work? And how do Habitat's mission, vision, and values resonate with our experiences?

This story is written by Ly Her. She's our HR Generalist, and has worked at Habitat since 2017.

When Kera saw the Habitat volunteer opportunity pop up at work, she jumped on it. A full volunteer day would give her the chance to spend some quality time in-person with her team, since she mostly works from home with Ameriprise Financial. And over the last few years, Habitat for Humanity has become really close to Kera’s heart.

That’s because Kera worked with Habitat to purchase a home on the open market.

We recently held a Stories of Home Contest where we asked Twin Cities Habitat homeowners and kids to share a story answering the question: "What does your home mean to you?" Here's one of the winning stories from the youth contest in their own voice. Story and photos shared with their permission.

Written by Vivian O., who's lived in her parents' Habitat home since 2017 (Vivian's dad and her brother also wrote a stories for the contest).

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